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I recall one of the Baltimore area SS riders posting that they rode the Seagull Century on a fixed gear, either last year or the year before. I'm thinking it was Drevil, but I could be wrong. In any case, if there's a century that can be ridden fixed, that's gotta be the one, and I'm signed up for it. Whoever it was that did it, what kind of gear did you push, and how was it getting over the bridge with that gear. I'm thinking I'd want to push about an 80 inch gear. Am I being unrealistic? Would you do it on a fixie again, or should I just ride my geared bike?
 

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Done it two years on a fixie with a 53x15 and 53x13. There were no problem getting over the bridge. Picked gear ratios to average 20+ and 22+, respectively. The thing to watch out for is the wind as that can wear you down on longer stretches. I will only ever do it on a fixie, it was simply too much fun!

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Bikehigh said:
I recall one of the Baltimore area SS riders posting that they rode the Seagull Century on a fixed gear, either last year or the year before. I'm thinking it was Drevil, but I could be wrong. In any case, if there's a century that can be ridden fixed, that's gotta be the one, and I'm signed up for it. Whoever it was that did it, what kind of gear did you push, and how was it getting over the bridge with that gear. I'm thinking I'd want to push about an 80 inch gear. Am I being unrealistic? Would you do it on a fixie again, or should I just ride my geared bike?
Yeah, I guess you were referring to this post two years ago. 53x18 was what I used. Last year I mellowed out since I finished the SM100, and just rode the whole metric century with my wife. I lowered my gearing to slow down and keep pace with her. The Seagull is her "SM100" and I act as support for her.

Wow dodjy, that's some pretty high gearing! I don' t know if I can push those gears.

The bridge wasn't hard, and as dodjy said, the wind's what kills ya.
 

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Yeah, I was a bit apprehensive at first and had an 18T freewheel on the flop side for bail-out. ;) My calculations were based on (50x18T) what I normally ride through Baltimore (quite hilly) on my commute. Ended up getting lucky. Tried 53x13T the next year as mentioned and was lucky to have a friend run wind-breaker for me (for awhile). :) Nonetheless, would definitely recommend it to anyone! It really is easier than it sounds and I have no doubt you (Drevil) could push said gear (I've read plenty of your posts). ;)

Nothing better than cruising past a Lance'd out roadie with shaved legs looking like a gorilla on an old beat up fixie. :)

dd..''

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